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Tightly coupled systems are unmaintainable

Yet another example of why I believe this:

Microsoft told me to update to IE7, so I did. To test something in IE6, I’m installing MS Virtual PC 2004 (provided free by MS), and running an image of Windows XP that has IE6 (also provided free by MS). I am following this article from the IEBlog: IE6 and IE7 Running on a Single Machine.

I downloaded both files, and now all I have to do is debug the installation of both. MS Virtual PC thinks I don’t have a checkbox checked, but my network settings disagree. Windows doesn’t think the compressed OS image I downloaded from Microsoft is a valid exe file.

I appreciate that Microsoft is trying to help me out, but making IE7 a separate program from IE6 would be much more helpful.

I guess I’ll try rebooting.


  1. ryan wrote:

    Rebooting and re-downloading the image fixed the “invalid exe file” bit.

    Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  2. ryan wrote:

    I gave up on the virtual machine. MS Virtual PC couldn’t properly read my network settings, and the image I downloaded unzipped to be a .vhd file, and apparently MS VPC wants .vmc files.

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 12:48 am | Permalink
  3. heikko wrote:

    The virtual machine solution sounded a bit heavy, so it reminded me this:
    For all your multiple IE installation pleasures:

    Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  4. engtech wrote:

    I blogged about doing pretty much the same thing a while ago and one of my readers pointed me to IE 6 standalone:

    Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 12:07 pm | Permalink